In this course, experience Japanese culture that is part of everyday life. Visit a museum that showcases Japanese manga, and visit some of the most beloved neighborhood markets and shops Kyoto has to offer.
(About 4 hours)
Even within Japan, it is rare to find a museum and library dedicated to manga. From precious postwar pieces to modern popular manga and international publications, this museum has amassed about 300,000 different works. The building itself was renovated from an old elementary school building. Within the building, visitors can browse the "Manga Wall" with its massive collection of foreign and domestic manga, and become completely immersed in the history of manga across time and space.
Address: Karasuma Oike-agaru Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: 2-minute walk from Karasuma-Oike Station on the Karasuma Subway Line
Admission: 500 yen
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (Final admission at 17:30)
Closed : Wednesdays
Located at the center of Kyoto city, this market sustains the dining table of the local residents and is lovingly known as "Kyoto's kitchen". In the stores of the covered arcade, you'll find everything from Japanese pickles, tea, sweets, and tofu to ceramics and other traditional goods. Since many stores offer take-out, try sampling some of the foods as you walk the market.
Address: Nishikikoji Teramachi-Takakura Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: 3-minute walk from Shijo Station on the Karasuma Subway Line
Hours: 9:00 - 15:00
Standing at the east end of Nishiki Market, this shrine specializes in granting the wishes of those engaged in study or business. Drop in a coin to start the mechanized Lion Dancer which picks your fortune. The Lion Dancer's Japanese-English fortune comes in two types: one with your fortune, and another with a traditional Japanese floriography.
Address: Shinkyogoku Shijo agaru Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: 5-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station
Hours: 8:30 - 21:00